Since the candidates went separate ways their local campaign offices have been busy.
At the Black Hawk County Democrat Headquarters volunteers were busy making phone calls to supporters. At Romney's victory office in Cedar Falls, yard signs are going fast.
KWWL's Political Analyst Chris Larimer says one candidate did outshine the other.
"Romney was much more aggressive, more offensive, seemed to have a firm grasp of the details and President Obama just came off a little flat," said Larimer.
"You know... Four years ago, I said that I'm not a perfect man and I wouldn't be a perfect President and that's probably a promise that Governor Romney thinks I've kept, but I also promised that I'd fight every single day on behalf of the American people," said President Obama during the debate.
"You can look at the record. There's no question in my mind that if the President were to be reelected you'll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. I'll get incomes up again," said Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Those in eastern Iowa who watched the debate like Nate Rottinghaus of Waterloo noticed a difference between the two candidates.
"Mitt Romney obviously knew what he was going after and really obviously went after it and then Obama seemed very... Maybe holding back," said Rottinghaus.
Vikki brown, an Obama supporter said the President did just fine. His opponent she said might have been pandering to the undecided.
"Mitt Romney, everybody's giving him credit for doing very well but I think that he was just playing to an audience for the independent vote. I heard a lot of things last night that I have never heard him say before."
The next presidential debate will be held October 16th in New York. The third takes place at the end of the month.
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